Chow Dental Group

1 Hallstone Road
Brampton, ON, L6Y 0S9
Phone: 905-455-1199

Oral Cancer Detection


There is a growing trend among dental professionals stressing the importance of total oral health – that is, not only health of the teeth and gums but all the soft tissues in the oral cavity and oropharynx. This has led to the development of new technologies such as the VELscope oral cancer detection system which incorporates right into hygiene appointments to screen for dysplasia, oral cancer and other oral diseases.

An increasing body of evidence points to a strong link between particular strains of the human papilloma virus, HPV, (most notably strain 16) and a certain type of oral cancer that occurs in the oropharynx (tonsils, base of tongue, etc…). HPV 16 is the same strain associated with almost all cervical cancer. Dr. David Chow now recommends that all adult patients over the age of 18 receive a thorough intra and extra oral head and neck exam annually.

The VELscope system is the first adjunctive device cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to help clinicians detect cancerous and precancerous lesions and other lesions that might not be apparent to the naked eye. It is available at Chow Dental Group, so don’t forget to ask us for an oral cancer screening the next time you visit our dental office. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.